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The Man Who Cheated Himself


"Tough cop helps his lover cover up the shooting of her wealthy husband. Mainstream noir, primarily distinguished by its acting and San Francisco visuals." - noir expert Spencer Selby Cast: Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Jane Wyatt, Lisa Howard. 81 min.

The Man Who Cheated Himself is a 1950 American crime film film noir directed by Felix E. Feist, and starring Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt and John Dall.<>.</>


Wealthy socialite Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, Howard, finds a gun he's bought. She kills him with it in front of the new man in her life, Lt. Ed Cullen, a homicide detective with the San Francisco police. The twice-married Lois manages to manipulate Cullen into disposing of the murder weapon and moving the body. Cullen ends up investigating the case, assisted by kid brother Andy, who is new to the homicide division and delays his honeymoon to keep working on his first big case.
The gun is found and used in another killing by a young punk, Nito Capa, so all Cullen can think to do is try to pin both crimes on him. Andy Cullen keeps connecting Ed to the first murder, however, catching him in a number of lies. Ed ties and gags Andy and tells Lois they need to flee. Roadblocks seal off the city, but Andy has a hunch where Ed took the woman to hide, at Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, and soon they are under arrest. Outside the courtroom, Ed overhears the amoral Lois offering to do anything for her lawyer if he can keep her from being convicted.


  • Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Edward Cullen
  • Jane Wyatt as Lois Frazer
  • John Dall as Andy Cullen
  • Harlan Warde as Howard Frazer
  • Tito Vuolo as Pietro Capa
  • Charles Arnt as Ernest Quimby
  • Marjorie Bennett as Muriel Quimby
  • Alan Wells as Nito Capa
  • Mimi Aguglia as Mrs. Capa
  • Bud Wolfe as Officer Blair
  • Morgan Farley as Rushton
  • Howard Negley as Detective Olson
  • William Gould (actor) as Doc Munson
  • Terry Frost as Detective
  • Mario Siletti as Machetti
  • Charles Victor as Attorney


=Critical response=

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a positive review, writing, "In an engaging film noir efficiently directed by Felix E. Feist ... The Man Who Cheated Himself is the perfect film for the beginning of the bland Dwight D. Eisenhower years."

See also

  • List of films in the public domain in the United States

  • Category:1950 films
    Category:1950s crime drama films
    Category:20th Century Fox films
    Category:American crime drama films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Film noir
    Category:Films directed by Felix E. Feist
    Category:Films set in San Francisco, California
    Felix E. Feist

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